Not at all. Only reason you’re of the impression he’s been better than usual recently is because he got higher up the pitch and has been making some hollywood passes and hollywood shots. This is not primarily his job. His job is to recycle possession from deep, control tempo, help shield or cover for the defence and transition defence into attack by passing to attackers higher up the pitch, particularly the wide players. He slows the play down when needed and tries to win fouls. He always makes himself available for a pass. His rate of forward passes has increased only because he’s had more passing options in front of him. Look up the function of the deep lying playmaker.